July 11, 2011
Since both Christine O’Sullivan (Programme Assistant SPAW) and Alessandra Vanzella-Khouri (Programme Officer for SPAW) came back this week, my time was mostly devoted to SPAW tasks.
I finished comparing SPAW with Ramsar to identify the areas of common interest in which collaboration between the two organizations would be possible, as asked by Alessandra.
As asked by Christine, I also provided Excel Spreadsheets summarizing the reports and payments’ deadlines for the last signed Agreements (UNEP/DPPE, UNEP/RDCR, UNEP/TNC and UNEP/GFC).
However, my main task this week was to work on Jamaica’s MPAs for the CaMPAM database, as asked by Emma Doyle (Project Manager for the WIDECAST and the GCFI) through Alessandra Vanzella-Khouri (Programme Officer for SPAW). Indeed, this database currently lacks a lot of information for Jamaica’s MPAs. My task is to identify the current MPAs in Jamaica and to fill the data that relates to them (around sixty criteria for each MPA identified). I identified the current MPAs in Jamaica and compiled the information I found on Google. I focused this week on Negril Marine Park, Ocho Rios Marine Park, Montego Bay Marine Park and Portland Bight Protected Area.
Challenged faced: Establishing a list of MPAs in Jamaica is not an easy task because the different databases do not provide the same list.
Lessons learnt: I learnt how to look for and to compare the information available on Google required by the CaMPAM database.